Due to computer issues and a busy schedule, it's been a few weeks since I've participated in Illustration Friday and I've missed it. The first thing I did, when I saw the topic, was sit down and brainstorm on all of the red things that I could think of. Red is a very provocative color. It conjures some frightening images and some very lusty ones. There's also happy red images - cherries, watermelon, Valentine's hearts and Rudolph's nose. I chose to stick to the happy side of red (mostly since my interest lies in illustrating for children) and two of the first images I listed were the red tricycle and red velvet. Here they are - together.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
It's been a while since my last post due to computer issues. I downloaded a new operating system - Mavericks, for my Mac. I didn't like it. I suddenly could no longer use Painter Essentials, and for some reason I couldn't even get my scanner to work properly. I took my computer to a professional to have him remove Mavericks and put back my old Snow Leopard system. I would like to update to one of the systems in between Snow Leopard and Mavericks but now I'm a bit nervous about it. Not having a computer for a week was frustrating, but I spent some time on some good old fashioned painting.
Here is a 12" x 16" oil on gesso board that I finished. I had done a miniature 2" x 3" painting using the same image and I liked the way it looked so I went bigger. I worked from a photo that I took in Italy this past October where my step-daughter got married. This is the lane leading away from the villa where we all stayed. I haven't done very many landscapes but I'm happy with the way this one turned out.